Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Lilia G Vanini, I was born and raised in Lima PerĂº, since I was a little girl I learned to sew, watching my grandmothers who worked for a recognized boutique in Lima, I moved to USA and later on to Italy, where I really finished to understand my true passion and where I learned the best italian methods and finishing techniques that I still improve every day on my work: I made handbags, jewelry, accessories and very soon, make up, I love to learn, create, design and most important, I love to make the item, I enjoy every step in the manufacturing of the product.
Apart from creating things what do you do?
My full time is to grow Lilia Vanini as a recognized brand, but practically living in three places, Lima, Venice and Miami, I certainly do other interesting things. When I am in USA I love to look for new materials, fabrics, books and vintage, when I am in Venice I like to drink a glass of wine with my friends and enjoy a good italian meal and clean my apartment, when I am in Lima, I love to watch on tv cooking shows, it really relaxes me, I also like to look around the world new additions to my cupcake collection, and all related to cupcakes, just love them!! The rest of the time? sewing, knitting, crocheting, designing, taking photos, making beads, writing, buying shoes, dreaming, waiting, loving, laughing and absolutly enjoying live with my husband.
Where is your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from what I want to transmit as Lilia Vanini brand and definitely of my experiences in the three places where I live and what I see every day. Also I am totally inspired when I see a lovely and colorful fabric, or an interesting wool yarn, or a new color of vetro, or a new material with which I can create a new product.
What Handmade means to you?
Handmade is a personal expression, is the satisfaction of a need, is a communication with people, is a total concentration of energy to bring the world a product made with love and passion
Who has been most influential in your craft?
I think everyone is born with certain influences, because I remember when I was very young, I found a small red old metal coin purse, and later, when I was 12, my grandmother gave me a turquoise purse, these two objects so far I remember with great affection and may have been perhaps the most influential objects in my life
When did you know you were an artist/maker?
I do not consider myself an artist, since childhood I liked to create and do things but never thought I would today, it was during my years living in Italy when I realized that this was what I wanted to do and what really made ​​me happy.
How do you describe your creative process?
I can start with the material that I going to use and create a concept based on that, usually, I prototype on paper first and then on the testing fabric, readjust the paper prototype and eventually led to the final production
If you could peek inside the studio of any artist designer or craftsman (dead or alive) who would it be?
Definily, will be in the early studio of Marha Stewart
What Handmade possession do you most cherish?
The unfisnished knitted work that my mother left.
How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Is very difficult because as I explained before, even when I´m traveling I´m working and associating everything with new ideas, new materials, colors, textures, shapes, etc, I can say that is really hard to get out of my routine for the reason that I completely fell in love of my work.
Where would you like to be in ten years?
I´d like to have a successfully and strong bussiness and made of Lilia Vanini a brand that is recognized for quality and beauty in each product that is launched. I´d like to continue having the good traveling time with my husband, enjoy life, enjoy places and the company of good friends and family, a glass of wine, a cup of coffee and the great dishes that my husband always prepare.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Square Wristlet Zipper Pouch - Mint Flowers

This is a square wristlet zipper pouch with a limited edition fabric OOAK pouch!!!!
This item is nicely padded and fully lined with solid cotton fabric in a coordinate color and zipper closure
LONGLASTING AND DURABILITY 100% GUARANTEED!!
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More Cupcakes!!!

I absolutly need to make cupcakes, I wish I have more time to learn how to do it!!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Love Cupcakes!!

Just perfect cupcakes!!

Leather Zipper Pouch Clutch - Embroidered Rose Pink

This is the newest of my creations, Large Square Leather Zipper Pouch, so comfortable and pretty that I have to keep one for me. It´s roomy enought to hold your wallet, make up, keys, glasses, notebook, cellular and anything else you can stuff in there.
The bag has three silver beads details on the closure

DETAILS:
This bag is made using embroidered soft leather in rose pink
Professional handbag zipper closure with silver beads pull
Fully lined with italian silk with the logo of the famous Suiting Italian design

All bags are completely handmade from scratch, I use heavy interfacing to make the bag sturdy and all stress points are reinforced, definily is a bag that is made thinking in durability

DIMENSIONS:
Wide: 11" (27cm)
Height: 9.5" (24cm)

The pattern design is by me, Lilia Vanini

CARE: Spot clean only

All Cluches Collection
http://www.etsy.com/shop/liliavaniniboutique?section_id=7657260

All Items on the Shop
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ALL ITEMS ARE MADE AND KEEP IN AN ABSOLUTLY SMOKE AND PET FREE HOME

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pleated Wristlet Zipper Pouch - Floral Green Butterfly

This Pleated Wristlet Zipper Pouch Floral Green Butterfly Clutch is an ideal medium size purse when you want to go light. It´s roomy enought to hold your wallet, make up, keys, glasses, notebook, cellular and anything else you can stuff in there.
Also works great for a evening cockteil or dinner, I carry a variety of colors that you can combine with your evening dress

DETAILS:
This bag is made using premiun cotton fabric in beautiful greens and flowers designs
Professional handbag zipper closure with a long pull
Fully lined with italian silk in beige with the logo of the famous Suiting Italian design
All bags are completely handmade from scratch, I use heavy interfacing to make the bag sturdy and all stress points are reinforced, definily is a bag that is made thinking in durability

DIMENSIONS:
Wide: 8.5" (22cm) at the top and 14" (36cm) at bottom
Height: 8" (20cm)
Depth: 2.25" ( 5.80cm)
Handle: 17" (43cm)
The pattern design is by me, Lilia Vanini
CARE: Spot clean only

All Cluches Collection
http://www.etsy.com/shop/liliavaniniboutique?section_id=7657260

All Items on the Shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/liliavaniniboutique
ALL ITEMS ARE MADE AND KEEP IN AN ABSOLUTLY SMOKE AND PET FREE HOME



Pleated Wristlet Zipper Pouch - Blue Mustard Flowers

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This Pleated Wristlet zipper pouch Blue Mustard Flowers Clutch is an ideal medium size purse when you want to go light. It´s roomy enought to hold your wallet, make up, keys, glasses, notebook, cellular and anything else you can stuff in there.
Also works great for a evening cockteil or dinner, I carry a variety of colors that you can combine with your evening dress

DETAILS:
This bag is made using premiun cotton fabric in blue background and big mustard flowers flowers designs
Professional handbag zipper closure with a long pull
Fully lined with italian silk in beige with the logo of the famous Suiting Italian design
All bags are completely handmade from scratch, I use heavy interfacing to make the bag sturdy and all stress points are reinforced, definily is a bag that is made thinking in durability

DIMENSIONS:
Wide: 8.5" (22cm) at the top and 14" (36cm) at bottom
Height: 8" (20cm)
Depth: 2.25" ( 5.80cm)
Handle: 17" (43cm)

FRAME TIME TO PRODUCTION:
2 days
Most of my items are ready to go
The pattern design is by me, Lilia Vanini
CARE: Spot clean only
All Cluches Collection
http://www.etsy.com/shop/liliavaniniboutique?section_id=7657260
All Items on the Shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/liliavaniniboutique
ALL ITEMS ARE MADE AND KEEP IN AN ABSOLUTLY SMOKE AND PET FREE HOME

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Andina Collection

This is another great bag from the Andina Collection using the fabulous Natural Dye process from indigenous andean culture
you can find this bag at
www.liliavaniniboutique.etsy.com

Natural Dyes


Ancient knowledge regarding the process of dyeing wools using natural materials, until recently, was rapidly vanishing from indigenous Andean culture. Over the last 100 years, while weaving traditions continued, people preferred to use brightly colored synthetic wools and yarns bought in the market. Today, when indigenous women weave for their families, they still tend to use synthetic material, because it's easier. Also synthetics offer much more intense shades of colour, such as florescent red, which is very popular in the personal clothing of indigenous Andean people. To them, brighter is better in their own clothing, which is one of the main reasons why natural dyes had nearly faded into history.
“The Andes are filled with a great diversity of plant life and the Andean people have a rich knowledge of the use of these plants for medicines, and for dying their cloth.”

The spun yarns will be boiled for varying periods, depending on the dying material or mix of materials, and the colour desired. Often fixers, such as salt or urine are necessary to create colour fastness, alter hues, or intensify colour saturation. After the yarns have dried, they are re-spun, plied, and/or made into balls of yarn ready for weaving.

Dying is an art, which depends on personal colour preference, situation, size of the dying batch, etc. Techniques and materials required to achieve particular shades depend largely on the region and the materials available, as well as the education and experience of the dyer. At one time, most weavers would be well-aware of the natural processes and materials for dying. The popularity of convenient synthetics nearly resulted in a complete erasure of these skills from indigenous culture, and a whole generation came to lack this knowledge. Thankfully, a recent resurgence of interest in the old ways led to consultation with the elders who still remembered the processes, and the traditions have been (at least in part) rescued. However, more education is required for the indigenous population to completely regain these traditions.

While it is generally accepted that natural dyes are better for human health and the environment, we recognize that there is still a need for more complete and comprehensive research into the environmental impact of these natural dyes an processes. Threads of Peru hopes to organize, fund, and/or participate in such research in the near future. Please contact us if this subject is of interest to you.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

My Raffia Famous Pouches

These are the famous raffia pouches that I made a few months ago, they are best sellers and I am very proud of that, due to the material and unique colors, this collection is so beautiful and OOAK, but what is Raffia? do you want to know, me too, that´s why I publish this great article, enjoy!!! and don´t forget these lovely raffia pouches are always available at http://www.liliavaniniboutique.etsy.com/

What is Raffia?

From crafts to jewelry to home decorating items and floral displays, the natural product raffia has many creative uses. Raffia can also be used as a gardening tool; strands are used for tree grafting. Derived from palm tree leaves, raffia can be woven, tied, draped, packed, shredded and braided. Its versatility has made raffia a very popular, useful product. Raffia is also relatively inexpensive.
Source
Raffia must go through a harvesting and drying process before it is made available for other purposes. The leaves of the Raphia palm tree are used to create the raffia that we are familiar with. Once the membranes on the underside of the palm leaves have been stripped and allowed to dry, fiber strands are harvested and marketed.
Features
Raffia is a creamy beige color when dried. The strips are straw-like but more flexible than straw. The strands can be woven to create mats, baskets, hats or even shoes. Raffia can also be shredded and packed to be used as stuffing for pillows or other items or as decorative packing material.
Geography
A tropical climate is needed to successfully grow the Raphia palm. Known for their long leaves, species of the Raphia palm are abundant in Madagascar and Mozambique as well as South and East Africa. Other species of the Raphia palm are found in South and Central America.
Uses
Woven raffia wreaths provide a great backdrop for an autumn home decoration. Raffia can also be used as ribbon or string for craft projects or to add a final touch to wrapped gifts. When a wreath or other item will be used outdoors, raffia is a good choice, because it will not shrink when exposed to moisture.
Types
Since raffia can be dyed, it's available in a wide variety of colors including lavender, green, red, blue, gold, dark brown, yellow and orange. Raffia may be purchased in ribbon-like strands or in more natural forms. When packed in bales or boxes, raffia may be sold by the pound.
Benefits
Since raffia feels soft and silky when exposed to steam, it is used in Shmeisse or the art of Jewish steam-room massage. Long, lathered brushes made from raffia have been used for more than 100 years in this treatment.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Amanda

This is one of the newest hobo shoulder bags from my collection!!

New and Old Clutches



It´s shame, I was so busy during all these past months creating my line of clutches and bags, that I did not have time to return and place new posts, but I promise that this won´t happen again and I will mantein this blog update, for start just take a look of this magnificent Clutch in Luxury Uphosltery Designer Fabric.